ASICS has joined RE100, the global environmental initiative composed of member companies committed to relying solely on renewable energy for their electricity needs in business activities.
As a member company of RE100, ASICS will aim to use only renewable electricity across all Group companies by 2050.
“Joining RE100 is one step forward to achieve our target, net-zero greenhouse gas emission by 2050. We are committed to take actions on climate change and limit the global warming to 1.5°C so that people can enjoy sports in a sustainable environment, which is a base of our sustainable management”, said Yasuhito Hirota, COO and President of ASICS Corporation.
RE100 is a global environmental initiative run by global environmental NGO the Climate Group※１ and in partnership with international environment NPO CDP※２. The initiative is composed of global companies in a wide range of sectors, including information technology and automobile manufacturing, that aim to use solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, geothermal, and other renewable electricities in their business activities.
“Going forward, we will continue to act for future generations to achieve a sound mind in a sound body and address the climate change,” Hirota said.
ASICS has set a target of raising the use of renewable energy to at least 60% at its business bases by 2030. Already, the global headquarters in Kobe, Japan, the European headquarters in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, and the ASICS Institute of Sport Science in Kobe have achieved 100% renewable electricity use.
“We are delighted to welcome ASICS to RE100. Japan is RE100's most rapidly growing market, with Japanese companies sending a powerful message to policymakers that renewable electricity makes business sense”, said Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100 at the Climate Group.
“The time to act is now, and we urge other companies to follow ASICS' lead and step up to RE100.”
ASICS will continue to promote renewable energy procurement at all business locations and retail stores globally to achieve a 100% renewable electricity.
Last year, ASICS also announced the commitment to set science-based emissions reduction targets to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, towards a net-zero future by 2050. Currently, ASICS has aimed to achieve a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions at business locations by 38% from 2015 levels by 2030.
ASICS will continue to promote sustainability in all business areas in order to contribute to realizing a sustainable society.